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Tetrick assured spot in Tioga driving tourney

on 07/16/2009 2:00 AM
With less than $700,000 covering second through seventh in the driver standings for earnings in North America, the field for the third Annual Driver’s Championship at Tioga Downs is far from set. But Tim Tetrick has an astonishing lead on the field and will once again be competing for the $25,000 first place prize on Sunday, Aug. 2.   Tioga will take the top seven money-winning driver’s...
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Illinois OKs VLTs; racing excluded

on 07/16/2009 2:00 AM
The details are just now emerging about the new Illinois budget, which legalizes video lottery terminals at bars, restaurants and truckstops, but specifically prohibits them at racetracks.   Facing a $9 billion budget deficit, on Monday, July 13, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed HB 255, a hybrid bill that includes the Video Gaming Act, which put video gaming machines under the direc...
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Monticello accident sends Mike Forte to hospital

on 07/16/2009 2:00 AM
Driver Mike Forte was hurt in a five-horse pile-up in the seventh race at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, and as of early Thursday evening the extent of his injuries were unknown. After lying motionless on the track for a while and being attended to there, he was eventually taken to the emergency room at Catskill Regional Medical Center  in nearby Harris, NY. Initial reports by an emerge...
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Break The Bank K wins his second NJSS

on 07/16/2009 2:00 AM
Break The Bank K continued his winning streak with an effortless 1:56 score in the second of three divisions of the $98,800 New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts on Thursday night at the Meadowlands, and two pacing colts turned in 1:52.2 victories in NJSS action.   Driver Ron Pierce wasted no time guiding Break The Bank K [$2.20, $2.20, $2.10] to the lead well befor...
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3YO filly Ginger And Fred paces 1:50.4

on 07/15/2009 2:00 AM
Ginger And Fred danced the hottest number in a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes split Tuesday at The Meadows, blazing a career-best 1:50.4 victory.   The event for 3-year-old filly pacers, known as the Romola Hanover, was contested over five divisions, with Backstreet Sweetie, I’m Not Gonna Lie, Hatsaway and Melissa’s Fancy capturing the other splits.   Ginger And Fred grabbed ...
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Overt upsets in Hanover at Balmoral

on 07/15/2009 2:00 AM
The 2009 Hanover Stakes season started with a bang on Tuesday night at Balmoral Park as Phillip Rietveld, Gordon and Claudia Wright, and Paul Gibson’s Overt lit up the board at 32-1 while knocking off nine rivals in the $36,900 Hanover Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters in a career best of 1:55.4. After drawing post position eight in the field of 10 driver Josh Sutton was very pleased wi...
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Two elims needed for Ben Franklin Pace

on 07/15/2009 2:00 AM
Two eliminations for the Ben Franklin Pace at Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack are set for Sunday each race carries a purse of $50,000. Starters include two-time Older Pacer of the Year Mister Big, facing off in the second division against Dali, who finished second behind Art Official in the Hoosier Cup, and Little Brown Jug winner Shadow Play. In the first division, 2008 Meadowlands P...
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Fannin's Meadowlands Pace hopes ride with Chasin Racin

on 07/15/2009 2:00 AM
Elmer Fannin is founder of Country Life Homes, a successful residential development business along the Delaware shoreline. While Fannin is proud of what he has built, there is still one thing missing--something to fill the empty space on his office wall. The Lincoln, Del., resident is hoping 3-year-old Chasin Racin can do just that after Saturday’s $1 million Meadowlands Pace.  To date, Fa...
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Top trotters headed to Europe's fastest track

on 07/15/2009 2:00 AM
Varenne's 1:51.2 European record for older horses, set back in 2002, is always in jeopardy when it is time for the Saint Michel race at the magical Mikkeli track in Finland. The Mikkeli has the reputation of being Europe's fastest track. This year's St. Michel race will be held on Sunday, July 19.   The field for this year's event has been drawn. Here is the start...
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We’re new and improved

on 07/15/2009 2:00 AM
This web site obviously has a new look, but there’s much more to it than just new colors and other design features. It’s a data destination for breeders, buyers and fans. Can’t remember which major stakes Lucky Jim has won this year? Click on the “Racing Report” section, type in Lucky Jim’s name, and all of his wins this year in stakes will appear.  Want to see the same info for ...
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My Red High Heels wins Town Pro final at Mohawk

on 07/14/2009 2:00 AM
Just as she did a week ago in the second leg of the Town Pro Pacing Series, My Red High Heels went to the front and stole her way to victory in Monday’s $55,700(C) final for 3-year-old filly pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. Randy Waples picked up the catch-driving assignment and sent the daughter of Modern Art-My Basha straight to command from the outside post in the field of eight. She had th...
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European quartet arriving in Canada for upcoming stakes

on 07/14/2009 2:00 AM
The Woodbine Entertainment Group is pleased to announce that the connections of three of Scandinavia's most powerful mature trotters have accepted an invitation to cross the ocean and contest the $730,000(C) Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack on July 25. Shipping into quarantine facilities at Mohawk on Tuesday afternoon will be recent Copenhagen Cup winner Triton Sund, million-dollar earner...
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Freshman pacing fillies in Pennsylvania spotlight at Chester

on 07/14/2009 2:00 AM
Two-year-old pacing fillies were in the spotlight on Monday evening at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack, which hosted seven $20,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series as a lead-in to Sire Stakes action this upcoming Wednesday. Caviart Kiss ($10, The Panderosa-Before Sunrise) led a stakes double for driver Tim Tetrick, brushing to the front and scoring a two length victory in ...
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It\'s Spring Break time at The Meadows

on 07/14/2009 2:00 AM
Spring Break and Brett Miller grabbed the early lead and went on to a comfortable victory in the $27,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace on Monday at The Meadows. Spring Break pocketed Natalie before the quarter pole; the duo raced that way throughout, with Spring Break prevailing by a half-length in 1:52.1. Kay’s Yankee Lou was third. Randy Bendis trains the 5-year-old daughter of Dream Away...
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DiBenedetto just seven from 5,000

on 07/14/2009 2:00 AM
Kyle DiBenedetto won two more races at Monticello Raceway on Monday as he continues to close in on the milestone of 5,000 career victories, now sitting just seven away at 4,993. He reined Sitting Bull Stables' Blue Creek Angie ($4) to a 1:59.1 victory in the seventh race and then came back to win the 13th and final race on the card with Vincent Grippa’s Button Road ($11.20) in a time of 1:...
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Empire State's finishes sophomore colt pacers in Yonkers action

on 07/14/2009 2:00 AM
The state's glamour division made its second downstate appearance Monday night with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $217,252 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Four divisions--at $54,313 each--went postward, with those established commodities doing nothing to ruin their standings in the community. After Hay Goodllooking (Gates Brunet) and Handsome Harry (...
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The Meadows adds four $50,000 invitationals Adios weekend

on 07/14/2009 2:00 AM
The Meadows will stage four $50,000 Invitational races on Friday, July 31, as part of its Adios Week festival of Grand Circuit action. Pennsylvania -sired or -owned horses are preferred for the Invitational races--one each for pacing horses, trotting horses, pacing mares and trotting mares. The Invitational events are a special feature of Adios Week, which is highlighted by the Delvin Miller Adio...
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Two upsets, one favorite in OSS Gold elims

on 07/13/2009 2:00 AM
Lyons Danny fulfilled his promise as the 3-5 favorite Sunday night in his $40,000(C) division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold eliminations for 2-year-old pacing colts, but longshots Mach Dreamer and Grinformoney surprised in the other two divisions at Mohawk. In the first of the three OSS contests, Dan Daley sent his homebred Daleys Interest to the early lead with Tigers Mattjesty fol...
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2009 Molson Pace winner Stormaway dies after race accident

on 07/13/2009 2:00 AM
Stormaway, who won the $283,000(C) Molson Pace final at Western Fair in May at odds of 19-1, was euthanized after being hurt in a race accident in the final turn during Saturday night's $115,000(C) Masters Pacing Series final at Georgian Downs.   Stormaway, with trainer, driver and co-owner Dan Megens, were last in the field and then hooked the sulky of Along Came Polly, who was racing in f...
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Pennsylvania horsemen on high alert over discussions

on 07/13/2009 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association has issued an alert urging its members to contact their state representatives immediately due to reported Republican caucus discussions about cutting or eliminating the state’s racing fund.   The discussions stem from Pennsylvania’s lengthening state budget impasse. Approximately two weeks into the new fiscal year, the state is still w...
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